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When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces. Now China has discovered that itsWhen Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces. Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await....

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Throne of Jade Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-02-22 12:03

    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListThis was supposed to be my St. Patrick's Day book (green) read, but I still read it in March so it still counts =) I love Temeraire and Laurence so much ! A man and his dragon, what's not to love ! Now the Chinese want Temeraire back. I think it's stupid as everyone stated, they had given the egg away to the French and just because Laurence ship took over the one with the egg in it doesn't mean they deserve to get Temeraire back. BUT . . . that's not what happened. I loved that Temeraire was very protective over Laurence in this book. He was not going to let anyone separate them. So, they end up going to China together on the Allegiance. We get to meet up with Riley again =) Some stuff happens on the trip over and some of the other dragons in Temeraire's crew help them out a for a little bit. I'm glad they got to be together again. And we got some of the crew back to be there for Laurence and Temeraire. It was sweet when Temeraire got to meet his family and some other dragons. AND a little girlfriend, uh, stuff =) Of course, there are some bad things happen while they are there as well. And more people die through-out the book =( I liked the ending very much and look forward to what Temeraire is going to do with his new-found knowledge. What wonderful books these are so far!

  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2019-03-04 08:14

    ►► BR with the BBB gang starting December 11, 2015.Introducing…Throne of Jade: the pros and cons.Yes, I'm starting with the cons, so what? This is my review, I do want I want. ✘ The pace is slow.Wait. No. It's not slow. It's painfully slow. That kind of painfully slow:✘ There isn't much action.There is so little action here that Laurence reading to Temeraire at night feels like a major event. Exciting, right?✘ There is a story, but it's not that gripping.Laurence, Temeraire and friends are on a boat to China. It takes them a long time to get to China. They finally get to China. One or two things happen (wow). End of story. Now would probably a good time to remind you that I did actually give this book a 4-star rating. I mean, these cons up there ↑↑ might lead you to think I got my stars mixed up. But I didn't. Because the pros outweigh the hell out of the cons.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.►► Get the point? Good. I said it before, and I'll say it again. And again, and again, and again: this series makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Why? Because Laurence and Temeraire. Because Temeraire and Laurence. The cutest, most adorable, most heartwarming, greatest friendship that ever was. So cute, adorable and heartwarming that even I, the heartless cynic, fell victim to it. So cute, adorable and heartwarming that reading about them makes me feel like I'm 10 again. Because, yes, unbeknownst to most of you, I was a child once. And no, I wasn't yet nefarious back then. I was kind of a late bloomer in the villainous department actually. But I'm a fast learner. And I caught up with my inner wickedness in less time than it takes Temeraire to eat a sheep. Pretty impressive, huh?So basically, what I'm trying to say is: as long as Laurence and Temeraire are in these books, I'm happy. Who ever said I was hard to please? And always needed non-stop action? And kickass heroines? And overbearing assholes? And poof-off-to-the-harem-you-go material? And sex scenes? (view spoiler)[Oh no. Stop it right there. Don't go putting filthy ideas into my little head, you depraved bunch. (hide spoiler)] Hey, I can be perfectly content with utter nothingness, too. Take that, ye of little faith.And where does that leave us then? Well. I wanted to steal Temeraire away from Laurence, but then realized neither of them would allow it. So now my evil, nefarious plan is to work some, evil, nefarious magic so as to become Laurence. So that I can have Temeraire. And the greatest interspecies friendship that ever was. Piece of cake.So we actually have 3 cons and 1 pro here. Which takes us to the moral of this review. Which is to never underestimate the minority. Because the minority will get your ass kicked every single time. ✎ Book 1: His Majesty's Dragon ★★★★ ✎ Book 3: Black Powder War ★★★★ ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2019-03-02 14:01

    Buddy Read with my Dragon loving peeps at Buddies Books and BaublesThere are parts of this book I really enjoyed and then there are parts of this book that totally bored me. Naomi Novak’s writing is always beautiful and detailed and had I not read Uprooted before starting this series I might not have had such high expectations but alas I did and so I wanted something more.Throne of Jade is a lot more about cultural differences, social acceptances and politicking. Unlike His Majesty’s Dragon which involved getting to know the dragon culture and being in quite a few battles, much of the time in Throne of Jade is spent traveling to China and the focus is more on the bond of loyalty between Teremaire and Laurence. There are a few battles in this book but a lot of the action comes at the very beginning and the very end. Those were my favorite parts.The Sea voyage is the part that became a bit tedious for me. Teremaire spent much of it brooding and there were many different discussions about slavery, dragon rights and why things are done a certain way in England. Teremaire seemed to have a lot of very specific ideas about all of it. There was some extraneous information about what everyone was eating including Teremaire and a funny bit when he caught a cold but it turned a little bit into what to feed a dragon for awhile and I started wondering when we would ever get back to the crux of the story.I did appreciate how things changed once settled in China and it was interesting to see how the Chinese incorporated dragons into their everyday society and how that changes both Laurence and Teremaire’s opinions of the practices of raising and keeping Dragons in England. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of that. I also loved seeing the tale of Mulan weaved in with a dragon twist to it. Overall much of this book became the care and upkeep of a dragon which I could have done without. But if I ever do hatch a dragon I will know which spices and dishes he should like the best. I do like the loyaty shown between Laurence and Teremaire even if the endearments Laurence uses for his dragon sometimes seem like something he would say to a love instead. I’m hoping that in the future there will be more action and fighting and less dragon poetry

  • Mimi
    2019-03-12 11:50

    I have never audiobook'd a whole series before, but I might have to for this one because Simon Vance is simply amazing. He should read all the books that way I could enjoy them all, even the ones I probably wouldn't like--pretty sure he could make me like 'em. So 5 stars for him and 4 stars for the book itself because, honestly, I don't know how far I'd get or how much I'd enjoy if I'd read these books on my own.The writing is very descriptive, with long passages about early-19th Century culture and society of both Britain and China, and then there are more long passages about politics and intrigue. The previous book was mostly about Napoleon and his continued efforts to take over the rest of Europe; this book expands on that some more, but now there's also China thrown into the mix as both Britain and France fight for the Celestial Emperor's favor.In middle of all of that, you have Temeraire and Laurence and their unbreakable bond. Or, well, what we thought was unbreakable. It was revealed at the end of the first book that Temeraire is a Celestial, the most prized breed of Chinese dragons, and here we learn that Celestials are companions only to Emperors and crown princes. Laurence is most definitely not royalty--he's barely nobility--and so the Chinese disapprove of his bond with Temeraire, and they would very much like their dragon back. The British aren't willing to comply with the request, but they see it as an opportunity to gain an alliance with the Emperor--and to one-up the French--and so they ship Temeraire, Laurence, and the rest of their crew halfway around the world.Peking and Macao of the early-19th Century are a sight to behold for the British envoy and a whole new world full of wonder, for Temeraire especially who's eager to learn of his birth country and discover his roots. The lives of dragons of the East are fascinating to him, and the more he learns about them, the more he's pulled away from Laurence. Laurence, too, is fascinated by the treatment of dragons in Peking, and not just of the Imperials and Celestials, but of the smaller and less important breeds too. He's surprised that they all can live among people so peacefully, and thus comes to understand why Temeraire is so taken in by what he sees. At the end of this book, Temeraire and Laurence are still in China.I'm most impressed by how Naomi Novik inserted dragons into actual history, and with just a little adjustment, she's inserted dragons into the tides of Chinese politics that will forever change the landscape of China for centuries to come. Colonialism is on its way, gradually at first but it's coming nonetheless. I can't help feeling a sense of dread, knowing what's coming in just a few years, but since this story is told from the British perspective, there's a sense of accomplishment and celebration in the writing, especially near the end, when the British envoy have permanently established themselves in China to open up more trading opportunities.It will be interesting to see how much Novik sticks to or deviates from history in later books. I looked ahead and see some hints of Temeraire and Laurence traveling the Silk Road, visiting the Ottoman Empire, and making a stop in Russia. Lots to look forward to, and I can't wait.Cross-posted at

  • Jim
    2019-02-23 08:46

    A fun read, but not quite as captivating as the first book. We got an interesting look at shipboard life as they travel for a long time, which made the book drag a bit, but not too much. The story had some twists & turns, some quite unexpected. From the long build up, it seemed to end quickly & completely, much to my surprise. A bit too abruptly & neatly, perhaps. I look forward to reading the next book, which I have, but I won't be reading it next. I don't feel I HAVE to read the next book.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-22 06:49

    Two important things I must establish before getting on with the actual review:1. This is absolutely one of the best Simon Vance performances I have ever listened to. His Temeraire is not what I imagined when I read the first book myself, but it forever will be now. Vance expertly captured every nuance of the young dragon with Chinese roots. 2. This is what Temeraire looks like in my head. Deal with it.As I discovered in reading the previous book in the Temeraire series, His Majesty's Dragon, this is not necessarily an action/adventure fantasy. Yes, there are skirmishes that Temeraire and the other dragons participate in and there are several other moments of action, but at the heart of this story is a beautiful friendship between man and beast - only, this beast is a massive, highly intelligent dragon.Throne of Jade picks up right where the previous left off, with the Chinese demanding the return of their Celestial Dragon. Laurence risks the stockade with his adamant refusal to simply relinquish the dragon he has come to adore, much less lie to Temeraire as his superiors and the Chinese emissaries suggest. And Temeraire feels much the same way. But circumstances eventually force the pair into a seven month voyage from England to China in hopes of pleading their case before the Emperor himself.The beauty of this series is in watching Temeraire grow and learn and watching Laurence grow and learn with him. If there was any doubt before, Laurence's friendship with the dragon has clearly moved well beyond that of master and pet to a very deep bond that is thoroughly tested as Temeraire learns more and more about his homeland of China. Not the least of which is the vast difference in the treatment of dragons. The way Novik winds dragons into history is already fascinating, but now we get to see them within an entirely new environment. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, but I am curious to see what Temeraire and Laurence will do with what they learn in China.See more reviews atThe BiblioSanctum

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-03-21 10:14

    I've read reviews that say this second book in the Temeraire series is boring... I would have to disagree. There are sea monsters, battles, assassination attemps, intrigue, and an allusion to dragon sex. What's not to love???In this second book in the Temeraire series, Laurence and Temeraire must travel to China. In the first book it was discovered that Temeraire was a Chinese dragon meant as a gift to the French. Now, the Chinese apparently want their dragon back and they will stop at nothing to attain their goal. Once Laurence and Temeraire get to China they find a world much different from their own. In China dragons roam free and are taught to read and write. They have jobs and earn their own money. The freedom is dizzying to the young dragon and dismaying to Laurence who hopes to be able to take Temeraire back to England.I love that Novik was able to create this fascinating world of dragons in the first book and now, in the second book, has turned that world on its head and created an entirely different dragon world. Different, but entirely plausible.

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    2019-03-12 09:06

    I just really love these books and the Laurence/Temeraire relationship is phenomenal <3 The fact that they branched out from the typical European/British setting and went all the way to China for this book was fantastic.

  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    2019-03-15 13:51

    Another book that I have been putting off writing a review for, because I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would.The story has enough of Temeraire and Will to satisfy, and plenty more in the form new dragons, a new country, great action and interesting history, but it really tested my patience.My chief complaint, is that most of the book was a journey and NOTHING happened in between, apart from a single interesting incident involving a sea-serpent. It was a chore turning pages and I longed for the book to end. Luckily the ending was strong and I will more than likely pick up the next book in the series early in 2016.Also, it has dragons. That’s almost a star on it’s own.

  • Choko
    2019-02-24 07:51

    *** 4 *** A buddy read with my buddies from BBB and loving it! I thought I knew dragons, since I am well versed on Dragon behavior due to my rich PNR expertise. I already knew that DRAGONS are petulant, temperamental, strong willed, gorgeous, smart, always hungry, and charming. Now I see they get sick and act like babies, just like real men do, get preconceived notions, are ready to get into a fight at the slightest provocation, and like spicy foods :-) I am glad there is much more to learn about them and I am open for the knowledge:-) I also thought that Naomi Novik could not possibly make the Napoleonic-British wars more interesting then they are already, but I was wrong! She discovered a great additive to spice the whole thing up - Just Add DRAGONS!!!! Then things get really interesting:)This book starts where the first one ended and the Chinese Prince and their delegation wants their dragon back! Whaaaat??? They have no claim, none, if you ask me, but obviously the two governments think differently. But as much as I disliked the Chinese in the beginning, because I feel they have no right to our Dragon, NO right!, once we see how dragons are treated as a whole in China, I felt bad for the Western dragons and it is kind of obvious that they are being mistreated. Although since in China they have all the autonomy of a human, some of them are down on their luck, just like humans.... I was very nervous that Temeraire is going to have a hard time choosing what to do. Only his dragon friends back home and Laurence were pluses for our side... :-( I am a bit melancholic with the way the book ended, but I guess it was the best we could have hoped for under the circumstances... I feel sad for all involved. I especially feel this heartbreak for the albino dragon... What will happen to her, can't the British take her home with them??? And so on, and so on... We also lost some people in battles, but it is war, I guess... The weird thing about this book is that it is not chock full of action, has many sections of slow development, and plenty of descriptions, but in spite of all that, I could not put it down! It is engaging and compelling and I am a fan! I am definitely continuing with the series:)

  • Jack +The Page Runner+
    2019-03-21 06:54

    Once again, I have to admonish my past self for only giving this second Temeraire book a measly 3 stars. I think I was in the "new to Goodreads, must add EVERYTHING I've ever read!" mode, and just arbitrarily scored this so I could move on to the next addition to the list. But for whatever reason, I am glad that I got the reread under my belt, as this deserves more than 3 stars for sure. It may not be a 5 star read, and also isn't quite as good as His Majesty's Dragon, but it's still a fantastic read. Unfortunately, things are off to a much slower start this time around, as we join Laurence and Temeraire in the middle of negotiations with China...regarding Temeraire's future with the English Aerial Corps. Through a series of various events Lawrence ends up heading to China as a quasi-ambassador, joining Chinese nobility and various other characters for the long journey across the waves. Many characters are brought into the fold here, some new, some old, and with the Chinese added to the mix, the stage is set for some volatile situations. China wants the dragon back, the British military just wants to appease the Chinese government, and Laurence is caught in the middle, bound by duty to his country, but unwilling to lose his dragon companion.The first 2/3's of the tale are essentially Laurence and Temeraire's encounters and conversations while on the slow CHINA! ZING! Naomi Novik tries every trick in the book to keep the journey interesting, and is mostly successful. But it's a long journey, and despite her best efforts, things drag somewhat. Once they've reached the mainland, their tale picks up a bit, but this second book is more of a "fill in some of the gaps" effort than an action-packed spectacle. I am assuming that some of the political and social views on dragons are introduced here so they can make an impact on the British dragons in future novels. Which is fine by me, as I was very taken by the roles of dragons in Chinese society.While a full-fledged character in the first book, Temeraire really gets to shine here. As he matures and learns more about the world around him, the more he questions why things are the way they are, and what his true place is in all of it. This also helps further along Laurence's own internal changes and struggles, as he starts to adopt more of Temeraire's progressive leanings. Some of the supporting characters are brought back into the spotlight here as well, which helps immerse the reader into the story. I wish that the Chinese had been given a bit more character, but all in all, everyone is well realized.Battles are few and far between, but are excellently rendered. Naomi Novik knows her stuff, and the danger that our heroes are in is never understated. The last time I read this series, I only made it to this book, so from here on out I'll be in uncharted territory. And that's perfectly fine by me, as I can't wait to be surprised and dazzled by what comes next!

  • Robyn
    2019-02-21 10:52

    3.5 that I'm rounding up because I love Temeraire. This one was rather like war - long stretches of boredom punctuated by insane action. I kid, a little - I actually love the slowness of these books, but this one did have me wondering at the overall plot. Nonetheless, lots of fun!

  • Johanna
    2019-02-24 09:11

    What can I say about this? It goes on as the first book ended and in the same style.To me it feels like the Temeraire series is a gigantic road trip. The plot isn't really there. It is more a trip with some goal, occasionally interrupted by some random action sequence/attack by someone or something and finally ending with a significant fight, only to have everything wrapped up rather nicely so the heros can continue on their journey.My biggest gripe is actually the lack of real plot. On occasion it's just very boring. Which on the other hand, makes it a very relaxing read ... you can read it half asleep before actually going to sleep and you don't miss much.The relationship between Temeraire and Lawrence is perfect, just as it used to be in the first book. And I really really really want a dragon as a pet now! ^^

  • Xabi1990
    2019-02-23 05:47

    Nada emocionante en esta segunda entrega. Se aburre uno leyendo como Temerario y su jockey (el capitán ese) se van a China a ver si descubren los orígenes del dragoncito.Más o menos.Olvidable. No malo, malo, pero olvidable. No sigo con la saga.

  • Sofia
    2019-03-23 08:49

    There will be serious spoilers in this review. Seriously. Spoilery.2,5 stars, but I'm sad to say that I can't round this off to three stars. It's just not good enough.I loved His Majesty's Dragon, I really did. I loved the setting, the world, the action, and most of all, the characters. It was epic, and emotional, and nerve-wrecking, and fun.Throne of Jade are all of those things as well. Just not all the time. Actually, not even most of the time. It drags, is what I'm saying. The bigger part of the book is spent during the eight months that it takes for Laurence and Temeraire to get to China. Okay, I know eight months is a long time, and if Naomi Novik was trying to get across just HOW long, then she really succeeded. Which is all fine and dandy, EXCEPT THAT IT EVENTUALLY GROWS OLD. I feel like several large chunks could have been cut out; there was so much that didn't further the story, so much meandering and repetition: so much that just didn't have to be there.But, worst of all by far, is that after that longass trip to China, the actual events IN China are rushed!Are you serious? Are you actually serious? The book is called THE THRONE OF JADE, and yet we only get to the actual Throne of Jade in the last fourth or so?! BTW, don't expect an explanation why it's called the Throne of Jade: the emperor and everybody dresses in yellow clothes, AND they never really use the name. As of right now, I'm not even sure it's actually called 'the Throne of Jade'. Novik might just have used it because it sounds epic. But I digress. Where was I? ...Ah yes, the part in China is rushed. And I mean it: Temeraire gets a love interest (it's even hinted that they have sex!), which is LITERALLY never introduced. Suddenly, she's just there. The same goes for the crown-prince of China, who's supposedly an important character, but I don't think he had a single line. Laurence and his men are attacked by some group from a province that had never been introduced , and on top of that, they never step back after the attack and honestly ask 'Wait, why where those people after us?' In the very last chapter, we're told that the death of the bad guy has shifted the power-struggle back into favour of the crown-prince, BUT WE WERE NEVER INTRODUCED TO THIS POWER-STRUGGLE TO BEGIN WITH! And it just goes on and on like that: Novik hints at things which seem interesting, but she never fucking develops them. Instead, she focuses on a few simple things, and it gets boring. But, you know, I'm a pretty forgiving fellow. Even with all these flaws, I would have been able to give this book 3,5 starts. After all: the fight-scenes are still extremely good, the relationship between Laurence and Temeraire is taken in a new direction, the different cultures and their treatment of dragons was extremely interesting, the characters are still good, without a simple, boring 'bad guy' or other stereotypes, and I still laugh out loud at parts.But no. I'm so sorry, no. Because on top of all these flaws, there were the little things. You know what I'm talking about, fellow readers and reviewers; the little things that doesn't quite ring true to you; the little things that grinds at you and can be outright aggravating if stumbled upon too many times. Throne of Jade is full of those little things. Most prominently, there is something slightly off about Laurence and Temeraire. Laurence is just... he feels insanely passive, something I never experienced in the first book. Oh, he makes a big show of standing up to the Chinese when they try to separate him from his dragon, but when it comes to stuff like the diplomacy and relations and, y'know, the stuff that actually matters, he doesn't really try to understand anything! At times, his allies sit at the same table and discuss political elements and moves that directly affects him and Temeraire, yet he doesn't seem to care. Really?As for Temeraire... remember in the first book, how when another dragon lost their rider, he was miserable for like a week? Yeah, well, in this book, he practically murders another dragon's rider right before her eyes, and doesn't seem to have any qualms about it. He kills a sea serpent that's trying to eat the crew of his ship, and it tears him up completely. Yet when it comes to another dragon - his cousin, at that - losing her rider, he just snorts at her.The climax is another one of those little things: a fight between two giant dragons should feel way more epic than that! We know Novik can write kick-ass battle-scenes, so why is this so unimaginative? Also, why the fuck does Laurence stay for the fight?! I know he's Temeraire's rider and everything, but someone just tried to assasinate him! Yet everybody, including Grandby, who's been very protective of Laurence this whole book, just leaves him there alone!Umm, guys, what if the assassin had a companion or a backup-plan? Nobody's worried about that? Just sayin'...Oh, and at the end, Laurence is adopted by the insanely traditional, suspicious-of-strangers royal family.It fits because the hippo kinda talks like the people in this series!All of this: the big stuff, the little things, coupled with the fact that I was looking forward to this book like mad, has left me very disappointed. I will continue with this series, but something had to change, or I'll leave it!I really hope something will change, though... Please, Black Powder War, please be good! please, please, please, please...

  • Kaethe
    2019-03-21 08:53

    Novik goes from strength to strength. Because Temeraire is naive but intelligent, she has the opportunity to question all the wrongs of Regency British society and colonialism, and to defend them according to the beliefs of the time. Maybe there are other writers who can evoke so much about time and place and character from the difficulty of finding suitable evening wear, but most writers overlook such prosaic material, particularly in a series that has war and adventure at its core. Brilliant stuff, deeply layered and truly thoughtful. I want to downgrade everything else, in order to give Novik more stars.Somewhere in the course of reading this one, I became convinced that the dragons aren't based on humans, but on cats. Maybe that's because I was sick, and covered with sleeping cats, but it still seems plausible to me. There's something different about them.Library copy.09/18/2011

  • Skyeofskynet
    2019-03-04 07:09

    Rozczarował mnie ten tom. Z jednej strony 2/3 dotyczą morskiej podróży, co powinno mnie jarać jak (nomen omen) flota Stannisa, ale głównie nużyło. Fabuła polegała na: problem A - rozwiązujemy problem A - problem B - nie do końca rozwiązujemy problem B - problem C - wynika pośrednio z problemu B, rozwiązujemy problem C - problem D - wynika pośrednio... To nie jest przepis na dobrą książkę. Natomiast część w samych Chinach (ta ciekawa) jest stanowczo za krótka, a już część kulminacyjna zajmuje parę stron i mamy koniec książki. Cała nabudowana intryga, problematyka rozwiązują się dosłownie na 10 stronach. Jeśli przez cały czas podkreśla się jak bardzo formalnym krajem są Chiny, a potem największą formalność załatwia się ot tak, to coś tu ewidentnie było nieprzemyślane. Albo wymęczone. No cóż. Jadę dalej.

  • Glee
    2019-03-15 10:11

    I’m beginning to think of this series as sort of eating M&M’s. That are good for you. I kinda want to give them 5-stars, and maybe I should, but reading them tires me in some way. Maybe that is because I stay up late into the wee hours reading them. I really like inserting dragons into history, and this series does it well. But it is much more than just making sense (and fun) of Victorian sensibilities. Actually, the author does a very good job of putting you inside the head of someone who believes dearly in honor, the Crown, and the superiority of British civilization, while having him over time come to the realization that many of these very conventional foundations are rotten. Civil rights for dragons. For women. And he comes to realize that in this book via his exposure to Chinese civilization – which, if my stereotypes hold, was and is not the most favorable toward women…but in this book, women’s rights in China are a byproduct of the Chinese reverence for dragons…so, take it where you can get it.In between the (aerial, as in on the back of dragons in flight) swordfights is political intrigue – the rather obvious plodding politics of Britain in the Victorian age, the more sophisticated politics of the Chinese Emperor’s Court (which are complicated by the related dragon issues, as compared to the British who assume they are superior to dragons, just like they are to everyone and everything else on the planet) play out. (Someday, I’ll figure out a way to express my run-on parenthetical thoughts without destroying the underlying sentence, but obviously, that day is not yet here.)So, enjoyable and a lot of food for thought. Will Laurence, the annoyingly endearing British Naval officer converted to dragon handler, is moving through a lot of evidence to refute his heretofore unassailable belief in everything he has held dear and it will be interesting to see if he will use this knowledge to better the situation of dragons and women in Britain, or at least try. And for his dragon Temeraire, this is a nice if very unusual coming-of-age story….imagine a brilliant mind and adolescence in a 20 ton dragon and you get the idea….but Temeraire has a much clearer view of the world, and it is through his questioning of duty and Crown and everything else that Will is growing beyond what he has always “known” as the truth.I look forward to the other books in the series, but I need a break from dragons for a couple of days…the (necessary) slaughter of many beeves, sheep, and tunnies (tuna) that is required to sustain dragons wears on me. And I’m not even a vegetarian….

  • Book Concierge
    2019-03-07 07:01

    Audiobook narrated by Simon VanceIn Book two of this series, the Chinese have learned that the gift they were sending to Napoleon (an unhatched dragon’s egg) was intercepted by the British. Now a delegation arrives demanding the return of the Celestial dragon, which, by tradition, can only belong to a member of the royal family. But Capt Laurence is not about to turn Temeraire over; and the dragon does not want to be parted from his beloved Laurence. So the two travel to the Far East to plead their case. The voyage is long and there are several serious mishaps, but when they finally arrive at the court of the Chinese emperor, they find even more intrigue.I was reluctant to read the first book – [His Majesty’s Dragon] – because “fantasy” is just not my preferred genre. But a friend whose opinion I trust persuaded me to give it a try, and I loved it. Now, I think I am hooked on the series. Novik does a great job imagining a fantasy scenario where dragons are part of the Air Corps, while also keeping the reader in a (circa) 1801 time frame. The battle scenes are exciting, and the intrigue builds suspense. I really like the growing relationship between Temeraire and Capt Laurence. Temeraire is growing and maturing, and shows great loyalty to Laurence. They are truly a team, listening to one another’s point of view and weighing the pros and cons of a situation. Simon Vance is marvelous voicing the audio book. He has great pacing and is able to “act” the scenes to heighten suspense or convey anger or compassion. And I love the voice he uses for Temeraire.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-03-03 09:44

    Patrick O'Brien meets Anne MacCaffrey. Apparently this picks up right where the first book ended. It's been five years, sounds about right from what I remember.Slow start. Old-fashioned feel to it, meshes well with other period-dramas I have read of that time. The naval jargon sounds true. I like that there are different types of dragons, it gives lots of options and keeps them interesting.Excellent world-building, great scenic descriptions. Good fight and battle scenes. Great travel narrative.However, there can be too much of a good thing. So much detail all the time got a bit boring and I did some skimming to get to the more action-packed bits faster. Those were always excellent.The plot as such was good, but there were no great surprises. The characters were all pretty formulaic and stereotypical. None of them went through any noteworthy growing pains. The writing, in tune with the period, felt so old-fashioned, that I never managed to develop an emotional attachment to Laurence or Temeraire. And all other charaters were merely decorative anyway.I read through the blurbs of all consecutive novels and quite a few of the reviews. Each book seems to be covering another continent and in at least every other book Laurence seems to be threatened with court-martial and an excecution. Sounds a bit tedious. Eventually I might be tempted to read the next book. In a few months. Maybe.

  • Valentina Markasović
    2019-03-21 13:50

    While the pace of the book was considerably slower than in the first one, I still enjoyed it immensely. The journey to China was long but it paid off, since we learned a lot about the history and characteristics of dragons. It definitely had a more scholar feeling to it, especially near the end.

  • YouKneeK
    2019-03-07 08:10

    This is the second book in the Temeraire series. The first book in a series has an advantage, at least in my case. If it’s written well, and especially if it takes a different approach than anything I’ve read before, its “newness factor” gives it an edge. The second book is a better test of whether I’ll be able to sustain my interest in the series. I really enjoyed this book. I’m especially still enjoying the characters. Also, something about Novik’s writing style just holds my interest well. I haven’t found this series to be particularly “twisty” or surprising so far, but I still get wrapped up in the story even when I’m not on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. This book has some similarities, structure-wise, with the first book. It tells a complete story, with the main problems wrapped up by the end. Also, just like in the first book, we’re given a big hint about what direction the larger story will take in the next book. Another similarity is that the second half is quite a bit more action-heavy than the first half, and I enjoyed both halves.I did think the ending was too abrupt. As I approached the end, I decided the problems at hand would surely be carried over to the next book because it didn’t seem like there was enough time left to resolve them. Instead, everything was wrapped up really fast. The earlier parts of the book covered events in far more detail, so I think that made the fast ending seem more jarring. I liked the way things ended, I just wish it had been drawn out a little more, with some more details and events to help me buy into it better. (view spoiler)[One minute Laurence and Hammond were speculating that Yongxing might be behind the attacks, after they realized who the young boy was. The next minute Laurence was attacked again and Temeraire immediately went after Yongxing based on the pure speculation he had just overhead. Then the next minute Yongxing is dead, some time passes "off page", and we find out their speculations were correct. Then everything is wrapped up to everybody’s satisfaction. (Well, except Yongxing’s dragon, of course, who I felt rather bad for.) Even though the speculation about Yongxing’s guilt made sense, and even though Temeraire’s outraged reaction based on minimal information fit his character, it just seemed a little too convenient somehow that, after all the problems and confusion, suddenly everything just fell into place. (hide spoiler)]In summary, I enjoyed it a lot, but maybe a tiny bit less than the first book. I’m headed straight into the third book. :)

  • Jamie Collins
    2019-02-21 07:06

    This second book in the series is very entertaining. I'm impressed with Novik's writing. The plot is much less predictable this time around and the action scenes are nicely timed. Novik is a fan of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen, and her love for this period is obvious.I do have to say that her portrayal of dragons isn't my ideal. The dragons in this series think and act almost exactly like humans, whereas I would expect them to have a less fathomable intelligence and a vastly different worldview. But then my concept of dragons was perhaps fixed by the Pern books which I read at an impressionable age.

  • AH
    2019-02-25 09:13

    Imagine the world in the 1800’s. Tall sail ships sailed across sea monster infested waters. Imagine this world with dragons – all kinds of dragons. Dragons of every size, color, and ability. Intelligent dragons that are used as an air force. This is the world of Throne of Jade.Throne of Jade is the continuation of His Majesty’s Dragon. At the end of His Majesty’s dragon, it was discovered that the cute and cuddly Temeraire was in fact, a Celestial dragon. Celestial dragons are a very rare breed and have the ability to literally blow you away with their roar. The Chinese delegation gets word of Temeraire’s existence and demands that he be returned back to China. Much politicking ensues and Captain Laurence is told to lie to Temeraire so that the young dragon will cooperate and return to China. Of course, our young dragon is a little bit of a rebel and he refuses to cooperate so Captain Laurence and his entourage escort the Chinese delegation back to China by ship.A good portion of the book takes place on the ship. At times, the narrative is very slow. There are some humorous moments when the cultural differences between the Chinese and English are highlighted. During a formal dinner between the Chinese and the English officers, the English were expected to use chopsticks which resulted in food everywhere. The English are not used to all the strange ingredients that the Chinese cooks use. I found it interesting when the Chinese catch and dispose of shipboard rats, the British sailors are upset because later on in a voyage, those same rats could provide food for the crew. Long ship voyages lead to some very interesting situations. Did you know that dragons can catch colds? Don’t stand too close when a dragon sneezes. YUCK. A memorable moment occurred when Temeraire was surprised to find out that humans do not hatch out of eggs, resulting in the where do babies come from question expertly deflected by Captain Laurence. There be sea monsters, too! One of the more memorable scenes was a battle with a 250 foot sea serpent that ate a few crew members. The time spent in China was eye opening. Much politicking, much intrigue – a very different world from England. The Chinese treatment of dragons was very different than that of the English. Temeraire’s eyes are opened. Temeraire is a really special character. He is about a year old at the time of the sailing and close to full grown and full sized. Temeraire has a child like innocence about him which endears him to the reader. His observations allow the reader to see things from a completely different perspective. Temeraire also has a little bit of a rebellious streak in him. It is muted in this book, but I am sure it will be a factor in the next book in this series. I'm not sure how to rate this book. At times it read like a 4 star book - exciting, funny, clever. Other times, it just read a little too slowly for me. I'll give it 3.5 stars for all the funny, clever, and action filled times.

  • Roberta Jayne
    2019-03-13 10:58

    2.5 stars. While I still love Temeraire and am definitely going to read the next book in this series, I have to admit that I was shockingly disappointed by this second instalment. The eloquent writing style and the craft that went into creating characters and locations in this book were enjoyable things to experience, yet I was incredibly frustrated nonetheless. The first half of the book was very, very slow - and I don't know if that's because the book had pacing issues or because I kept getting disconnected from the story - to the point where I actually wanted to stop reading it. The story was only barely saved by a fairly decent and (thank god) conclusive finale that gives me hope for the next book.However, I am getting slightly frightened that this series is just going to go downhill as there are NINE books in total and, at this point, I just can't see it going anywhere. What is the story heading towards? And why should I care? At the moment I'm only holding on for the brilliant characters and to see if the series gets any better. Because I'm really hoping that it will, and soon. There needs to be more WOW moments, more magic and more FUN! Who would have thought that a whole series that rewrites our past to include a whole plethora of dragons fighting our battles for us could be so UNmagical? Don't get me wrong, the descriptions of intricate fight scenes with crews of men strapped onto the backs of these gorgeous, enormous beasts and bombing each other to death is fun occasionally, but it got so bloody tiresome. I just need more of Laurence and Temeraire doing their thing together so that I feel more personally involved in the war and in the character's lives.My relationship with this book throughout reading was very strained. There were days that I couldn't pick it up because I wasn't enjoying it at all and, as I mentioned before, I didn't see (nor care) where anything was going. This is why I can only give Throne Of Jade a pathetic 2.5 stars, because anything less than that would be disrespectful to the series as a whole - as I LOVED the first book so much and I still plan to read the third - but giving it anything more would be an absolute lie, because the story was remarkably unexciting and this series needs to get itself together, fast.

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    2019-03-13 13:01

    This book combines two of my least favorite aspects of the fantasy genre--unnecessary sequels and endless travelogues--into a vortex of boredom. I almost never give up 320 pages into a 400-page book, but I am already kicking myself for having read as far as I did and see no point to wasting any more of my life on it.The first book is great fun, but this one did not need to exist. The characters who were great came back dull, the okay ones came back interchangeable, and there is absolutely nothing going on except a very slow voyage to China,* because the Chinese want Temeraire back, which of course we know isn't going to last because there are half a dozen more books featuring him and Laurence in places that aren't China.Now it's no secret that I have little patience for series and even less for the episodic type, but good grief, if you're going to write that kind of series, at least bring in some complex new characters or interesting plots or something.I propose a new rule for fantasy book writing: if more than a quarter of any sequel is spent traveling, it's because the author doesn't really have anything more to say in this world or with these characters, and is simply drawing it out for the sake of writing a sequel. The manuscript should be scrapped immediately.*I assume that by the end of the book the characters did in fact reach their destination? Because 80% of the way through, I was still waiting for it.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-14 07:56

    I liked the mix of (alternate) history, battles, China, and especially dragons.

  • Manisha
    2019-03-14 13:44

    Review to come.

  • Kit
    2019-03-15 08:02

    whew! that took forever to finish, between classes and all. i guess i'm glad that i did--it was somehow satisfactory, but.. not as good as the first book. several reasons why: first of all, the fact that laurence and temeraire grows apart? whereas the first book is entirely based on the fact that the affection they have for each other is on such solid ground that nothing can shake it; now we see temeraire straying because he is being bribed by conditions and now we know this relationship isn't infallible). although it makes sense that temeraire would like comfort over being injured in battle constantly, wasn't his affection for laurence deeper than that? so say, if there wasn't a crisis in britain, he would not return with laurence? even knowing laurence would never treat him as a beast?i thought the entire ordeal with yongxin was extremely anticlimactic, also. it gets resolved within two pages--i felt the scene could have been stretched out to give it more depth, that there is something really going on there. did i mention ms. novik seems to have serious pacing problems? and maybe a very light plot. she seems to get so into developing her world it seems she forgets that a plot is necessary--she sticks one in at the very end, and probably goes back to insert clues that lead up to this afterward. as a result.. well.. i spent the entire book wondering what the hell i'm reading. which, if used to create suspense, is well and dandy, but to string a reader along on worldbuilding alone makes it a dull read more than often. the events on the journey to china itself were described so randomly that it felt more like a journal entry than any plot with any direction. one minute they're all dandy with each other, and the next with heavy tension, and then back and forth over and over again--is there really any point to these proceedings? the journey could definitely have been cut shorter--obviously, the scenes showing temeraire's growing interest in chinese culture are important, but stick those scenes in, the ones crucial to the central plot, and leave out all the randomness. then maybe something more elaborate could be tacked on in the third part of the book, like--conversations with the emperor when they finally meet him? a majestic showdown where everyone else in court obviously sees yongxin's betrayal to justify temeraire's temper tantrum? because no way were they standing down just because laurence, an englishmen, was hurt. or how about the crown prince mianning thanking laurence for saving him when it was crucial? and maybe a more heartfelt dialogue between temeraire and laurence as the closing? laurence at this point has shown extreme loyalty toward temeraire--i would like to see that returned, at least in dialogue. some mention of the resolution of the rift between them caused by temeraire's absence in a crucial moment? temeraire maybe saying again that nothing in china would compare to the loss of laurence? i'm hardly asking for a confession of undying love, just more demonstration of that affection she portrayed so deeply between these two characters in the first book that seems to be missing in action in this one.however, i am willing to hold out for these, knowing there are now third and fourth books, and a fifth one coming out. maybe their affection for each other will build. temeraire was only willing to return to "reform" england to the chinese ways--maybe a willingness to bear burden and hurt in laurence's stead when laurence has suffered so much for temeraire would feel more fair. that is my final thought.

  • Ash
    2019-03-09 08:14

    Loved this second part even more than the first one. Temeraire is my most favorite dragon ever. This part was even more interesting because of its setting in China. Listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Simon Vance and he is a great narrator. I am not sure if I would have give this book 5 stars if not for the amazing narration. So 5 stars is for the audiobook version of this book.